Have you ever actually looked at the label on your shampoo or conditioner? Many contain harsh chemicals and fragrances that are not good for your hair. Sometimes you’re better off making hair products yourself — you might even save some money. If you’re interested, try the following kitchen-inspired hair treatments instead to keep your hair healthy and clean.
Apple Cider Vinegar: You can use apple cider vinegar as an alternative to shampoo. Simply dilute it with water, massage it into your hair, and then rinse with water. Apple cider vinegar is an effective clarifier that balances pH levels in your hair. It also promotes hair growth because it stimulates the follicles on your scalp. Don’t worry, the smell goes away quickly as it dries.
Avocado: Ancient Egyptians used Avocado as a moisturizing hair treatment and you can too. Mash up an avocado or two, massage it into your hair, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse with water. There are all sorts of vitamins and minerals in Avocados that are good for your hair. It promotes hair growth and is good for preventing split ends.
Baking Soda: Anyone that has ever researched home-made cleaners is well versed in the uses of baking soda. You can use it to clean your hair, too. Mix baking soda with some apple cider vinegar for an awesome natural shampoo. It’s effective at getting rid of product buildup in your hair. You can also use baking soda as a dry shampoo because it is so absorbent.
Banana: You can use banana as a moisturizing treatment for your hair. Mash it up, massage into your hair, and then rinse with water. It also works really well when mixed with avocado. Banana is great for dry, damaged hair because it’s full of vitamins and minerals that help nourish your roots, such as Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as potassium. Be sure to shampoo well afterwards because banana is sticky.
Cayenne Pepper: If you’re trying to grow your hair out fast, cayenne pepper can help. Mix it with some olive oil and then massage vigorously onto your scalp. The cayenne pepper promotes blood circulation and stimulates your hair follicles.
Coconut Oil: You can use coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment for your hair. It’s full of fatty acids that moisturize and minimize the look of course, damaged hair. It’s also great for detangling and adding a little shine. Simply apply it to your hair, paying special attention to your roots, and then rinse with water.
Eggs: Another way to strengthen your hair is to add a treatment of eggs once a week. The protein from eggs strengthens your hair strands and promotes growth. Make sure that you don’t rinse with water that’s too hot, though, or your hair will end up in a scrambled mess that’s hard to clean. It’s best to rinse egg out with cool water. You can also leave egg whites in your hair as a gel that’s really strong and shiny when it hardens.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: You can use extra virgin olive oil as a leave-in conditioner. Apply it to your roots after you’ve shampooed your hair to add shine and detangle your hair.
Garlic: If you’re worried about hair loss, garlic can promote growth and strengthen your existing strands. Mince garlic and let it sit in a bit of water overnight. Then, use it as a pretreatment before you wash your hair. For best results, leave it in your hair for 20 minutes to really stimulate your hair follicles.
Grape Juice: You can use grape juice as a natural hair dye. It brightens hair and gets rid of dull, brassy tones. Simply mix it into your conditioner and leave it on your hair for 20 minutes. Make sure to rinse thoroughly.
Honey: Mix honey and water to create a deep conditioner for your hair. Honey has the natural ability to retain water molecules, so it makes your hair look shinier, adds volume, and makes it soft.
Lemon: You can use lemon as a natural bleaching treatment. Mix lemon juice with some water and apply it to your hair. Then, sit in the sun. The longer you are in the sun, the lighter your hair will turn. Just be careful not to use lemon too often because it can also damage your hair and make it brittle.
Maple Syrup: If you’re looking to add moisture to your hair, dilute some maple syrup in water and massage it into your hair. Make sure to use real maple syrup because the high-fructose corn syrup in many syrups won’t do much good for your hair. Rinse your hair with water after letting the maple syrup sit on your hair for 20 minutes.
Mayonnaise: You can use mayonnaise to deep condition your hair. It is full of the same proteins founds in eggs and really adds shine to your hair. Apply it to your hair, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse with water.
Molasses: You can use molasses to add moisture to your hair. Molasses smells great and it has properties that restore your hair and prevent hair loss.
Onions: Cut an onion up into small chunks and let it soak in a little bit of water overnight to draw out the juices. Then, apply it to your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes. Onion promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss.
Pureed Carrots: You can use pureed carrots as a conditioner to strengthen your hair and promote growth. Carrots are full of beta carotene which is an excellent source of Vitamin A that you hair needs for strength.
Rosemary: You can add rosemary to some olive oil and massage it into your hair as a moisturizing treatment. It promotes hair growth by stimulating your hair follicles. It also strengthens your hair.
Salt: Salt is a natural exfoliant. You can use it on your scalp to remove dandruff.
Tomato Juice: Tomatoes are full of vitamins that can strengthen your hair. Mash raw tomatoes and apply the juice directly to your hair and then rinse with water. You can use tomato juice as a pretreatment before you wash your hair.
Yogurt: One of the top ingredients in hair growth formulas is biotin. Yogurt is an excellent, natural source of biotin and it also has lots of other proteins and vitamins that are good for your hair. Simply use yogurt as a conditioner to see the benefits. Just make sure to rinse thoroughly.
Food nourishes your body and it can do the same thing to your hair. It’s perfectly safe to combine some of these kitchen ingredients until you find a combination you love.